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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

John Kerry's "Rationale"

From CBS News, November 17, 2015:
Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday suggested that the "rationale" for the terrorist attack against the satirical French publication Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead in January, is more understandable than any rationale for last week's attacks in Paris.

"There's something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that," he said in remarks at the U.S. Embassy in Paris. "There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of - not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, 'Okay, they're really angry because of this and that.'..."
The full text of Kerry's statement is HERE at the U.S. Department of State's web site.

This creature is the U.S. Secretary of State?


  1. This is why rationale is not synonymous with reason. Beyond that, I'm at a loss for words as to why +/- half the country can support utter tools like this.

  2. Definition of rationale:


    1.the fundamental reason or reasons serving to account for something.

    2.a statement of reasons.

    3.a reasoned exposition of principles.

    Origin of rationale
    1650-60; < Latin: neuter of ratiōnālis rational

    1. logic, basis, grounds.

    1. TEACHER'S PET said

      The word sought was RATIONALIZATION not RATIONALE. The two are not synonymous, though many seem to think so. The online dictionaries prefer to give the definition of the verb rationalize, which is, of course, the basis for the noun rationalization.



      Attempt to explain or justify (one’s own or another’s behavior or attitude) with logical, plausible reasons, even if these are not true or appropriate:


      To explain or justify (one's behavior) with incorrect reasons or excuses, often without conscious awareness: rationalized his poor academic performance by claiming the teacher was incompetent.

      To dismiss or minimize the significance of (something) by means of an explanation or excuse:


      to justify one's actions, especially discreditable actions, or beliefs, with plausible reasons, especially after the event
      to indulge, often unchallenged, in excuses for or explanations of behaviour about which one feels uncomfortable or guilty


      to attribute one's actions to rational and creditable motives without analysis of true or unconscious motives

      to create an excuse or more attractive explanation for


      to devise superficially reasonable, or plausible, explanations or excuses for one's acts, beliefs, desires, etc., usually without being aware that these are not the real motives


      to account for (one's behavior, events, or the like) with apparently reasonable, but usually self-serving, explanations.

  3. The only question in my mind is who is the bigger jackass. Kerry or Obama.

  4. This is one more example of why our allies have lost confidence in us and our enemies are rubbing their hands together and sharpening their knives.

    Our foreign policy is run by amateurs who haven't a clue just how clueless they are.

  5. Even LARDBALL Mathews seems to get it.


  6. Judging from what I read on these pages, the way some of these Liberals write about us Republicans and the filthy things they say about us, You would think that we are the enemy! It's unbelievable just how out of touch, uninformed, and how gullible these Liberals are. You would think based on their attacks on us Republicans that it was the Republican Party who were wearing the suicide vests, and terrorizing the world.

  7. @ Republican and Proud of it,

    Liberalism is a manifestation of mental impairment fostered by what passes as an "educational system" that feeds upon itself and is reinforced by drug use. As a result, the victims of such, the "Liberals", are, sadly, rendered devoid of the ability to apply common sense to any situation and cannot think outside of limits imposed upon them by their indoctrination. They, euphemistically, refer to themselves as "progressives" while they offer nothing but a clear and present danger to society, at large, which includes themselves. But, my friend, I'm not saying anything that you didn't already know!

  8. ...and you are a sick person. I served with Muslim Americans in the CENTCOM AOR. I suppose those were sleeper agents?

    Do you realize how man Muslims serve in our armed forces?

    An Iranian-American doctor took out my appendix at the Air Force Academy hospital.

    Unlike in Europe, we have welcomed Muslims here and integrated them into society instead of pushing them to the fringes.

    Where we may agree is, we should never have imported the Somalis. The leap was too great for them, and we are seeing very troubling behaviors and attitudes from them, but that does not damn all US Muslims.

  9. Der Menschenkenner?

    Sturmunddrangreichsfuhrer is more like it!

    Silverfuddle! How could you agree with ANYTHING that genocidal worm said???!!!???!!!

  10. President Obama’s appallingly tepid response to the Paris slaughter makes him an outlier in a world suddenly determined to crush the Islamic State barbarians. In one of the worst appearances ever by an American president during a crisis..
    Also the results of a Nation wide poll show, that four in five have serious doubts that
    he can keep America safe.

    Well now we know why the Obama administration failed to send a US delegate to the post-Hebdo vigil. Obama would rather show solidarity with Islamic Bunch concerning the than with our European allies.

    Did you hear what John Kerry said about Charlie Hebdo today?
    This morning, while he was addressing the staff and families of the U.S. Embassy in Paris, John Kerry said the following;
    "There's something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of -- not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, 'OK, they're really angry because of this and that,'"
    “Unlike the latest Paris attacks, I could see the “rationale” of the Charlie Hebdo shootings”

    Those were John Kerry’s remarks at the U.S. Embassy in Paris.
    His comments were offensive, and truly stupid!!!
    Well, there you go. That's our Liberal leadership defining what is justifiable
    John Kerry is a pathetic joke! You just can't help but laugh, at this Buffoon.
    This leads us to the question once again of who is worse? This president and his choices of John Kerry and Hillary Clinton or the voters who elected this President and endowed him, with a Secretary of State, along with his administration that enabled him to achieve many of his objectives.

    This man has been attacking the Republicans as if they are the enemy instead of ISIS the real enemy who he has done nothing about.
    For Heavens sake, the Muslim Brotherhood is a Terrorist group.
    Sharia law is barbaric and NOT “Criminals”.
    Islam is a hate group. The Koran is hate literature.
    Block the refugees from coming to the USA. They are terrorists. And worry about the Citizens of the USA.

    And these are the people who are making these pathetic remarks and comments about the Republicans.. Shame on you ALL!

  11. TAQQiYA!

    At one Syria's Assad was well on his way to becoming a prosperous eye surgeon on London.

    These fiends are capable of anything. They are masters of deceit.

    What a shame you have been so easily taken in, but that is the Achilles heel of most Americans. They are by nature too naive, trusting and lackadaisical to survive very long in this world.

    Der Menschenkenner

  12. I usually consider John Kerry's statements through the universally observable occurrence that leftists aren't actually capable of rational thought, so it's not really all that surprising that he's trying to decipher which terrorist attack he can empathize with.

  13. So Assad committed taqqia to get his medical degree in England?

    How many of the 3 million Muslim Americans are committing taqqiya?

    Would you include Muslim American war veterans in you internment and deportation edict?

    I am not trying to pick a fight, but you have called me "delusional," "in deep denial," "easily taken in,", "naive," etc.

    It's a wondered I've survived at all, by your lights...

    So, tell us. Would you deport all Muslims? Including heroic policemen, firefighters and soldiers? Life-saving doctors?

    You've hurled all these charges at me, the least you can do is answer my questions, then I'll get lost. I know I'm the odd man out here...

  14. Please learn what taqqia means.

    It is not a concept present in Sunni Islam.

  15. @Z: Amen!

    Even liberals are finally waking up to the fact that bringing in so many people from such a conservative culture is not a good idea.

  16. So if I get angry I can knock people off? Is that what Mr. Kerry is saying?

  17. ... because we already have too many conservatives?

    Wasn't all that long ago that Muslims were a very firm Republican voting block.

  18. The words of Bugs Bunny fit John Effing Kerry to a tee, "What a maroon."

  19. Ducky,

    I didn't mean that politically. Conservative, intolerant people are a threat to a liberal democracy, no?

  20. Yes, Kerry is a clown joke. But he's not the only one. What about Michelle Obama and her hashtag campaign #bringbackourgirls after Boko Haram kidnapped over 200 girls to be sold as sex slaves or married off to terrorists? If a Republican had said what Kerry did it would have been big news but like so much in the mainstream media it gets ignored when it makes Dems look like idiots.

    Remember, Obama and friends were supposed to be the smart guys that were going to restore America's image in the world. Give me George W. Bush and Dick Cheney any day!

  21. J Kerry is the most inept lying sack or * (beside obama or hilrond clinton) that has found themself in American government.

    Let's remember a couple of his quotes whiole he was running for president....

    "911 really didn't affect me much"
    "I will personally deliver a clean and safe power supply that will eliminate the need for ME oil"
    There was a third one that was maybe even worse but I'm too lazy to go look it up.
    Bottom line, Kerry is an incredible POS and his running mate Edwards should be in jail or an institution for the amount of POS that he was/is.
    Imagine we could have had these two running things! Unreal.
    And we ended up with GWB who did Nothing good for America. The last American president was Ronald Reagan. We need to break this cycle !


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